I saw these pictures and thought about how many times they ring true in our Christian life. We think that maybe we have achieved a certain maturity in our walk with God, and then foolishly and pridefully try to battle sin on our own. We might think that what we are facing is just a small thing and it won’t be a problem.
Satan anxiously awaits those times. He knows that you are vulnerable if you do not have on the full armor of God for protection.
Ephesians 5: 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 5: 14 – 18 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
The Pit Bull in the picture below obviously thought that since he was much bigger he would have no trouble going up against a porcupine, who was much smaller. He got a huge surprise, though.
A vet had to sedate the dog to remove a total of 1,347 quills, but he survived. I’ll bet he won’t go near a porcupine again.
Will we as Christians learn the importance of never being without our armor securely in place? You might think you are bigger than that small sin, but it can surely come back to bite you in the long run. Satan is very patient and bides his time, waiting for that perfect opening. When it comes, he pounces and sometimes we don’t even know what hit us.
Determine each day that you will proudly put on your armor. Let God help you win the battles of your life. There is nothing that He doesn’t care about that concerns you. Don’t try to overcome sin in the flesh just because it seems small and insignificant.
Like the dog realized, just because you are bigger doesn’t mean you will always win. Don’t let Satan hinder you from doing God’s work by sticking you all over with quills so that you can’t see and think straight.